Let’s head back to South America to enjoy a heavenly destination ! Architecture, story and landscapes are parts of what make Argentina such an amazing country.
Buenos Aires translates to “good winds” in English. And it is probably good winds that have brought such an European influence at the end of the Southern Atlantic Ocean. With Hausmanians buildings and Italian neo-classics, Buenos Aires is a great example of a European City. But do not get us wrong! The capital of Argentina is a cultural megalopolis of first importance in South America with a rich blending of local traditions: passionate tangos, fantastic steaks and Argentinian grinta are waiting for you to embrace them all !
Start your explorations with a stroll at Recolata, a classy district (barrio) of French architecture and green parks. One must see: the Recolata’s cemetery. It shelters sumptuous mausoleums and graves of famous Argentinian figures. Close by, you will visit Museo de Bellas Artes for its masterpieces of European and Argentinian masters. Do not miss an Argentinian style pizza at El Cuartito: a thick crust, a little bit of tomato sauce and a lot of mozzarella!
“San Telmo is an artsy district of cobble-stones paved streets and little shops where you can admire a traditional tango show”
Head then to Puerto Madero, the most modern barrio in town. It is built on an island and shelters ships, shopping malls and the remarkable Women Bridge. Not far is El Centro district, the vibrant economic and political heart of Argentina. You will find there the Casa Rosada, the seat of Argentinian’s government, Teatro Colón, one of the most beautiful opera in the world and Galerias Pacifico, the equivalent of the Parisian Galeries Lafayette ! We recommend a coffee break at Las Violetas, a rendez-vous for Argentinian gourmets. In the afternoon, have a visit of La Boca, the colorful barrio of the working class. Football fans will not miss the most electric derby in the world opposing River Plate and Boca Junior at la Bombonera stadium.
Explore then two other barrios of great character. San Telmo is an artsy district of cobble-stones paved streets and little shops where you can admire a traditional tango show at La Ventana. Its Feria market makes it the most animated place in the city on Sunday mornings. The hippest barrio is Palermo where you can dine on a gigantic piece of beef in the trendy Don Julio restaurant. Palermo is also the place to dance into the night, in Podestá nightclub for instance !
Dream: Alvear Palace is the quintessential luxury hotel with a classical decoration, an excellent service, a spa, a gym and ideal location.
Design: With chic design, Hotel Palo is located in the trendy district of Palermo. You can rent bikes and relax after a long day in the Jacuzzi on the roof.
Good Deal: Circus Hotel offers a good price/quality ratio, a welcoming atmosphere and a perfect location in San Telmo.
A color: a stinging blue sky.
A movie: The Nine Queens by Fabian Bielinsky. A gangster movie shot with rhythm showing Argentinian culture and the struggle for life in the capital.
A figure: Diego Maradona, El Pibe de oro – the golden kid – is the mythical footballer of Argentina. He is renowned internationally.
A Band: Thanghetto. Traditional argentinian music remixed with eletronic music. A must to discover !
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